By Mark Smith

17th Oct, 2022 | 10:40am

We’re delighted to welcome former Premier League referee Keith Hackett to the MOT Leeds News team. Each week, Hackett will discuss the big moments from the latest Leeds United games and deliver his verdict on whether his successors got their calls right or wrong…

Keith Hackett has insisted that Chris Kavanagh booking Arsenal defender Gabriel against Leeds United shows that he acknowledged he had committed an offence.

The ex-FIFA Referee admitted that the restart should have been another penalty if it wasn’t for Patrick Bamford being judged to have pushed the Brazilian first.

VAR was praised in the moment, although Hackett did confirm his surprise at the stage of events taking place in the 1-0 defeat on Sunday.

“Again, I think this is what we want VAR for,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“This was a good application of VAR, he comes in and has another look with a second chance and he overturns it. I was rather surprised – but by giving a yellow, he’s actually indicated that this player has committed an offence, so the restart was incorrect, the restart should have been a penalty kick.

“Probably, what he’s thinking is that he’s penalising Bamford again. The initial foul is by Bamford.”

Push or not, you cannot stamp out at your opponent.

This should have been a red card, even if it wasn’t given as a penalty, as it simply equates to foul play.

Chris Kavanagh lost control at massive stages of the game, initially missing the clear handball before the missed penalty before being saved by VAR.

Does the stamp overrule the supposed push by Bamford too? It possibly does and the penalty should have been given after the restart, yet more embarrassing officiating.

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